Touch of Spice
One adult's trash is a kid's treasure
Thursday, November 6, 2003
- A laundry basket -- In goes a pillow, a blanket and Nikki, which leaves a Katie free to push the basket from one end of the house to the other. Sometimes they switch, but Nikki's little, so they don't really even get from one end of the room to the other. So, Nikki dumps Katie and puts a doll in her place and proceeds to happily drive the doll through the living room, into the kitchen and back again. That's about $10 bucks and serves the dual purpose of actually (occasionally) toting laundry.
- A box -- This is a must-have for all parents of young ones. It has uses that adults can't even imagine from playhouse, to bed to trap you're sister 'till she screams. It's a lot of fun, and best of all it's free.
- Kitchen utensils -- I'm missing several wooden spoons that were drumsticks for a time and a small funnel that was used like a telescope.
- Diapers --- Since you generally have these on hand anyway, the entertainment value is endless. My girls empty the entire bag (that's loads of fun for me) and line them up on the floor. Then, they walk back and forth across them. It's like a padded balance beam.
- Miscellaneous items -- Pretty much anything you'd want to throw in the trash is an item that can provide endless fun. Nikki carried around the empty container that was a Listerine Pocket Pack for days, pretending to hand the breath-fresheners to everyone she met. It was great fun when they both sat on my lap, one putting a small toy spider in my mouth and laughing hilariously as I gagged and choked and spit it out. Then Nikki would open her pocket pack and pretend to give me one of the little mints. I guess, after eating a spider, she thought I needed it.
- Mail -- We have zillions of children's books, but what really draws my kids' attention is junk mail. They'll lie on their stomachs, heads propped in hands, and thumb through a Fingerhut or Oriental Trading Company magazine for hours. Luckily, it's something we get plenty of, so they never get bored and there's always enough for both.